SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Crews who spent the afternoon battling a brush fire near Cane Bay High School say the fire is contained.
Highway 176 reopened to traffic shortly after 7 p.m., approximately three hours after crews were dispatched to battle the fire about a mile north of the school. It had earlier been closed between Sheep Island Road and Highway 17A.
Pine Ridge Fire Chief Ben Waring said the flames managed to jump over Highway 176 and continue to spread.
"I was kind of freaking out, nervous, because it's a scary thing," said Caitlin Knight, who was in the area. "You never know what can happen."
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Earlier, residents from two homes along Barefoot Lane were urged to leave because of the fire, according to a tweet from Dorchester County Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Training Officer John Ryan.
One resident was allowed to go in long enough to retrieve his dogs.
"We got here quick to take care of the family members who couldn't unlock themselves," said Richard LeBrun, of Barefoot Lane in Summerville.
LeBrun said this isn't the first time he's seen a lot of smoke nearby. He said a similar situation happened a few weeks ago.
"We noticed it was a lot thicker, a lot darker, and there was a lot of heat pushing it up," LeBrun said. "It was coming up fast, and I thought, this isn't good. I went back in the field to investigate and that's when I started see 30 foot flames."
He said the fire crews were able to get the flames under control and extinguished. Now hearing about the most recent brush fire, has his wife concerned.
"Very scary," Wanda LeBrun said. "We weren't expecting this to start up this quick. With the rain, we were hoping it would put it out, but I guess not."
Fire officials estimate between 55 to 60 acres were involved in Sunday's fire. Video from the scene showed fire on both sides of Highway 176.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol was rerouting traffic on US 176 just 5 miles west of 17A because of the fire.
One of the residents who was evacuated says he called 911 to report the brush fire at approximately 4:09 p.m.
Multiple agencies are responding to the fire, including Pine Ridge, Whitesville, Moncks Corner Rural, Lebanon, Goose Creek City Fire Departments, Berkeley County Ems, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and state forestry officials.
Forestry officials are investigating the cause of the fire.
Waring said no homes were damaged and no one was injured.